Archive for July 27, 2005
From the Poem the Repentance of Judas by Iraqi poet Baland Haydari (my translation):“Oh, my little onesI know that my shameis a story that flowsfrom house to houseI knowthat whenever winteris wrapped around fireand lips pass by a namelike minethey mentioned my sinmy sin is a dagger thatsinks deep inside the heartof my little onesI [...]
While interfering in Iraqi affairs, Rumsfeld call on Syria and Iran to stop interfering in Iraqi affairs. He said–I am not making this up–that “Iraq needs to be more aggressive in its stance against interference from neighbors such as Syria and Iran” but that Iraqi also should be more welcoming in its stance in favor [...]
Investigative Journalism in the Saudi press: the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan had a major scoop a week or so ago. It revealed that Catherine Zeta-Jones is of Saudi descent.
The sea off Tyre.
The beach just north of Tyre.
Old ruins in Tyre.
Old ruins in Tyre.
Old archeological ruins in Tyre.
News from California: “”A company of the California Army National Guard has been put on restricted duty and its battalion plunged into disarray amid allegations that soldiers engaged in misconduct in Iraq, including mistreatment of detainees and extortion from shopkeepers, according to military officials and members of the battalion.”
Dictatorships that you like: “Visiting US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday Tajikistan is a reliable partner in the global struggle against terrorism and in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
“President Pervez Musharraf’s declaration that he has “completely shattered” al-Qaida in Pakistan was met yesterday with deep scepticism from diplomats, analysts and opposition politicians.”
American politicians never miss and opportunity to show their ignorance of world geography and foreign affairs. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is no exception. She has never met an American war that she did not fervently support. But she wants to be president, you understand. You have to. And now she has her solution to the bombings [...]
I don’t mean to upset patriotic Americans. I mean, I know that you “liberated” Afghanistan, and the Afghan people are supposed to want to greet you with “sweets and flowers” every day, but: “Angry Afghans Confront US Forces: At least 1,000 protesters have staged a demonstration outside the main US base of Bagram in Afghanistan.”
I thought that George W. Bush defeated and ended the Taliban, no?
“Abu Ghraib Dog Tactics Came From……. Guantanamo”
I can say this: everybody who sang a song or wrote a word in praise of Rafiq Hariri did so either because he/she was paid, or because he/she hoped to be paid. But this Hariri cult has no roots, and will not leave a deep impact. It is based on money and money alone. I [...]
This is Zionism: Israeli occupation forces destroyed their houses in occupied Jerusalem.